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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Sep 12, 2019 10:58 AM

Low expectations for next week’s Hong Kong show, with fewer suppliers and buyers attending due to ongoing demonstrations. Dealers hoping polished trading will improve as US holiday season approaches. Rapaport calls for $1B industry-wide marketing campaign for engagement rings, including $500M matching funds from mining companies. Signet 2Q bridal sales -4% to $560M, Tiffany engagement jewelry -3% to $277M. CIBJO urges jewelers to focus on environmentally conscious, gender-neutral Gen Z-ers (ages 15 to 25). Midstream inventory declined due to reduced manufacturing. Alrosa Aug. rough sales -36% to $180M. Rapaport announces first Estate Jewelry Auction, Nov. 3-7, in New York.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. 3 to 8 ct., I-K, VS-SI1 moving better than rounds as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Well-known brands are paying highest prices, as are buyers with specific requests. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well, especially 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: New York wholesale market quiet. Dealers struggling to compete with Indian suppliers who are increasingly selling direct to retailers. Some diamantaires diversifying into niche segments such as estate jewelry to improve profit margins. Fashion jewelry growth stronger than bridal.

Belgium: Slightly better activity in both the rough and polished markets, with some demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+. Pointer-size fancy-yellow and fancy-intense-yellow stones also firmer. Buyers are selective and pushing for higher discounts as they sense suppliers’ need to raise liquidity and move inventory. Rough auctions stronger than last month, as manufacturers require goods for the US holiday season before the Diwali break.

Israel: Mixed sentiment. Some US demand ahead of the fourth-quarter selling season, but concerns remain about the Hong Kong fair. Fewer dealers traveling to the show. Stable interest in 0.50 to 1 ct., G-J, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ goods. Faint and stronger fluorescent goods selling at notable discount to nonfluorescent. Dealers looking for buying opportunities following 2019 price declines.

India: Market for 0.30 to 0.40 ct. stabilizing due to lower production. Buyers looking to fill specific requests rather than build inventory. Fewer dealers than usual going to Hong Kong show due to ongoing protests and drop in Chinese wholesale demand. Suppliers focused on 0.30 to 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI goods. Manufacturers maintaining low polished production but starting to consider rough purchases before Diwali break, which begins on October 27.

Hong Kong: Political protests continue to impact wholesale and retail business. Hope for busier trading during next week’s show, but few expect successful fair compared to previous years. Stable demand for 0.30 to 1 ct., G-K, VS-SI1 diamonds, while buyers are pushing for deeper discounts on SI2-I1 goods. Chinese buyers cautious, even as consumer spending on mainland appears robust. Rising interest in colored gems amid shift to lower-budget jewelry.
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Asi vhodná doba na nákup? ;)
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Veľké spoločnosti sú na tom celkom slušne, stále majú rezervu.
Celková "klíma nepraje" nikto nevie odhadnúť detailnejšie situáciu vo svete...

Zasa pokiaľ niekto ma zaujímavý kameň a vie ako na to dá sa urobiť "všeličo"... ;)
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Hong Kong Fair Prioritizes Buyer Incentives

Roundup of news from Days 2 and 3 of the show

Sep 18, 2019 10:09 AM

The organizers of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair rejected the trade’s request for a discount, executives confirmed Wednesday.

The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) had asked Informa Markets for a 25% reduction in exhibitors’ fees due to the uncertainty arising from protests in the city. But the company chose instead to provide incentives for buyers to attend, such as funding 10,000 hotel rooms for exhibitors’ clients, executives at Informa explained.

“The amount of value [exhibitors] can get from [those efforts] is far more than what they’d get from a discount,” Celine Lau, Informa’s director of jewelry fairs, told Rapaport News at the show. However, the company agreed not to erase exhibitors’ seniority status — the credits they receive for returning to the show year after year — if they skipped this week’s event because of the political situation, Lau noted.

Diamond trade associations in India, Israel and Belgium had lobbied Informa to postpone the show, but doing so would have been a negative move as the fair is a key event for sourcing goods ahead of the holiday season, she added.

“Missing the opportunity would mean the jewelry community missing the last chance for getting business,” Lau said. “We’re aware the incidents in Hong Kong affected confidence, but we’re very proud of the commitment of our business partners. We’ve received concerns about whether the show should go ahead as planned. We cannot afford to compensate the business losses of our exhibitors if we are not going to go ahead to make the show happen.”

The finished-jewelry exhibition opened Wednesday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Wan Chai district, and runs until Sunday. The loose-diamond section of the fair began on Monday at AsiaWorld-Expo near the municipality’s airport, and will end on Friday.

Various organizations used the show platform to showcase new products and developments:

GIA upgrades synthetics screener

The GIA unveiled an upgrade to its iD100 testing machine that enables screening of pink diamonds for synthetics.

The device separates natural diamonds from lab-grown stones, simulants, and treated diamonds, said Wuyi Wang, the GIA’s vice president of research and development, in a presentation at the show Tuesday.

Customers can download the extension from the GIA’s online store for a fee, or obtain it preinstalled when they buy an iD100 device. The institute has also added a free update to the iD100 that enables screening of blue-to-green and brown diamonds, it said earlier this month.

Scientist recounts hunt for green diamonds

A gemologist from Liechtenstein went in search of green diamonds at museums to help expand the industry’s knowledge of the rare colored stones. The category is notoriously hard to learn about because the diamonds are so scarce.

Dr. Thomas Hainschwang and his team tested hundreds of specimens to find clues about how to separate diamonds with natural color from those that have been treated. The project took him to the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria, and its counterpart in London. He showcased his story and findings at the fair on Tuesday in an event organized by the Natural Color Diamond Association.

Museums are a reliable source of naturally colored diamonds if their collections predate modern treatments, explained Hainschwang, director and cofounder of GGTL Laboratories. They protect their exhibits closely, and would never allow a stone to leave the premises, so the chance of any treatment having occurred is essentially zero, he noted. In addition, many of the items he inspected came with original catalogs stating the provenance and other details of the diamonds.

His work also involved testing known treated diamonds, as well as performing treatments on stones to assess what happens to them.

Image: The registration hall at the finished-jewelry exhibition which opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday (Informa Markets).

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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Sep 19, 2019 10:58 AM

Hong Kong show brings fewer visitors, but better-than-expected trading. Serious buyers attending. Fair reflects specific Chinese interest and shift to lower-color diamonds. Pockets of good demand, with shortages of nice (eye-clean) RapSpec A3+ SIs due to reduced manufacturing. Some small-scale Indian cutters closing early for Diwali. De Beers maintaining flexibility for next week’s sight, allowing 20% buybacks or 50% rejections. Petra Diamonds FY revenue -6% to $464M, loss of $258M vs. $203M loss in previous year. Focus shifting back to US ahead of 4Q season, with call for major marketing campaign to raise consumer demand. US specialist jewelers’ 1H sales -5% to $14.4B.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. 3 to 8 ct., I-K, VS-SI1 moving better than rounds as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Well-known brands are paying highest prices, as are buyers with specific requests. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well, especially 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Dealers looking for buying opportunities, but remain selective and price-sensitive. Retailers have yet to make significant orders for the holiday season and are concentrating on memo goods for now. Steady retail demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS2-I1 goods. Large stones above 3 ct. weak.

Belgium: Quiet trading, with dealers focused on the Hong Kong show. Buyers looking for deals, as they perceive suppliers are under pressure to raise liquidity. Stable market for 0.30 to 1 ct., G-H SIs. Emphasis on 3X, nonfluorescent goods (RapSpec A3+). Rough market slightly more optimistic ahead of next week’s De Beers sight than it was a month ago.

Israel: Slow activity in the bourse, since many are in Hong Kong and because it was a short week due to national elections. Shortages developing and prices firming for 0.50 to 1 ct., F-I, VS2-SI2 (3X, nonfluorescent) diamonds. Lesser qualities difficult to move. Shift to lower price points as jewelers compensate for higher gold price.

India: Fewer goods and buyers in the local market during the Hong Kong show. Dealers looking to fill specific orders, with very little inventory-buying. Volatile melee market seeing slight improvement in lower price ranges. Polished production still at reduced levels, with some small-scale manufacturers closing early for Diwali. Larger exporters preparing inventory as they anticipate US holiday orders.

Hong Kong: Trade focused on the show, which ends Sunday (September 22). Visitor traffic down from previous years due to demonstrations in the city. Subdued activity affecting smaller exhibitors more than large suppliers. Steady Chinese demand for 1 ct., F-K, VS-SI (RapSpec A3+) goods, with move toward lower colors. Muted expectations for retail sales during upcoming National Day (October 1), given the ongoing protests.
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Financial Data
Metals
Gold 1,521.36 +16.9%
Silver 18.59 -0.0885%
Palladium 1,657.49 +6.055%
Platinum 956.55 -2.575%
Currencies
Euro 1.10 -0.36%
Pound 1.23 -0.25%
Yuan(&yen;) 0.14 -0.06%
Rupee(₹) 71.84 +0.05%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Sep 26, 2019 10:58 AM

Hong Kong show signals shift to lower price points. Chinese dealers and consumers focused on domestic spending, with cautious Far East demand affecting sentiment. Steady interest in 0.30 to 1.99 ct., G-I, SI-I1, RapSpec A3+ diamonds, and reduced supply supporting price levels. 3 ct. and larger, D-F, VVS+ weak. Improved liquidity for inexpensive melee as Rapaport Melee Auction sells $6M (84% by value, 76% by lot). De Beers offers 30% buybacks at Sep. sight. India Aug. rough imports -4% to $861M. Rapaport offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (Sep. 30-Oct. 1) due to Rosh Hashanah. Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful Jewish New Year.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. 3 to 8 ct., I-K, VS-SI1 moving better than rounds as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Well-known brands are paying highest prices, as are buyers with specific requests. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well, especially 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Stable bridal demand ahead of peak engagement season. Retailers preparing inventories for holidays amid uncertain consumer sentiment due to trade war. Profit margins slim. Orders for D-F, IF-VVS goods down in all shapes and sizes. Better movement in 1 to 1.99 ct., G-H, VS-I2. Steady interest in cushions and ovals under 2 ct. Retailers preferring to take items on memo rather than purchasing.

Belgium: Sentiment subdued after slow Hong Kong show. Market expected to remain quiet during upcoming Jewish holiday period. Dealers concerned about exposure to the difficult Far East market. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.70 ct., G-H, SI1-SI2 diamonds.

Israel: Polished market quiet. Smaller dealers fared better than larger companies at Hong Kong fair. Commercial and select SI goods moving. 3 ct. and larger, D-F, IF-VVS diamonds sluggish. Bourse to close next Monday and Tuesday for Rosh Hashanah.

India: Trade cautious, but sales improving in lower price categories. Dealers saw limited sales at Hong Kong show due to slower traffic and drop in Chinese demand. Decrease in supply supporting the market as manufacturers reduce polished output. More cutters entering lab-grown as they seek to improve profit margins and liquidity.

Hong Kong: Low expectations for Oct. 1 Golden Week as both tourist spending and Chinese demand have declined. Fewer visitors at Hong Kong fair due to protests and weak Far East jewelry sector. Some Chinese retailers gradually returning to market after long period without buying, as they anticipate sales over holiday season and Chinese New Year.
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V roku 2015 vyťažený surový diamant o váhe 812,77ct. zakúpila spoločnosť Nemesis


Teraz Nemesis predstavila smaragdovo brúsený 313 ct. diamant na dubajskej diamantovej konferencii v Dubaji, celkove bolo vybrúsených 8 ks.

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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Oct 3, 2019 11:03 AM By Rapaport News

Trading quiet due to Chinese, Indian and Jewish holidays and weak market sentiment. Dealers cautious as fourth quarter begins. Jewelers limiting inventory purchases as shift to interactive digital shopping experience and omni-channel reduces their in-store stock requirements. Hong Kong retail sales slump as protests escalate during Oct. 1 Golden Week. Lower midstream inventory supporting polished prices. 1 ct. RAPI -0.3% in Sep. Large stones (3 ct.+) remain soft. De Beers restricting supply through flexible buyback policy at $295M Sep. sight. Richemont acquires Italian jeweler Buccellati. Rapaport offices will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 9, due to Yom Kippur.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. 3 to 8 ct., I-K, VS-SI1 moving better than rounds as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Well-known brands are paying highest prices, as are buyers with specific requests. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well, especially 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Polished trading slow, with many businesses closed for Jewish New Year. Dealers focused on filling holiday demand. Retailers taking more goods on memo. Stable interest in 0.70 to 1.50 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds for the engagement-ring segment. Consumers shifting to lower-ticket items amid trade war uncertainty and stock market volatility. Good demand for estate and vintage jewelry.

Belgium: Market sluggish for this time of year. Dealers expect trading to pick up in coming weeks before India’s Diwali break. US orders improving.China demand cautious after weak Hong Kong show. Rough sentiment mixed, with auctions and tenders attracting stronger interest than sights.

Israel: Limited activity, with businesses shut for three days over Rosh Hashanah. Dealers focused on US, hoping demand will improve as the holiday season begins. Steady orders for 1 ct., G-J, VS2-I1, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Big-stone traders concerned about continued weakness. Bourse launches third video in campaign to market natural diamonds as “one of a kind” (see video here).

India: Short week due to Gandhi Jayanti national holiday. Few foreign buyers in Mumbai. Prices of 0.30 to 0.40 ct., D-G, IF-VVS2 firming as inventory diminishes. Rough trading down. Manufacturers maintaining low production capacity ahead of Oct. 27 Diwali break.

Hong Kong: Protests rattling the market. Muted celebrations amid security warnings. Very low expectations for Golden Week retail sales, as tourists staying away. August sales of jewelry, watches, clocks and valuable gifts -47%, reflecting impact of demonstrations on inbound tourism and consumption. Luxury jewelers consider reducing Hong Kong exposure and expanding in mainland.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment

Oct 10, 2019 11:03 AM

Diamond market quiet over Jewish holidays. Slight improvement in India ahead of Bharat Diamond Week, with buyers looking for polished before Diwali break (Oct. 27). Shortages in RapSpec A3+, nonfluorescent goods as manufacturers maintain low production. China retail sales +8.5% during Oct. 1 Golden Week. Luxury brands shifting high-ticket items from Hong Kong to Shanghai stores. LVMH 3Q jewelry & watch sales +8% to $1.24B. Sotheby’s HK sells $38M, with 10.64 ct., purplish-pink, IF diamond selling for $19.9M ($1.9M/ct.); auction also reflected sluggish big-stone market as 80.88 ct., D, FL diamond fails to sell. Rapaport offices will be closed on Oct. 14-15 for the Jewish holidays.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. High-end collection goods weak, as dealers and consumers are shifting to lower price points. Some brands with bespoke requests are paying a premium for rare items and well-made fancies. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well, especially 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

Rapaport News will resume publication of the country market comments after the Jewish holiday period.
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Rapaport Diamond Industry Stock Tracker

Retail & Mining Shares

Oct 17, 2019 10:58 AM

Global retail stocks benefited from optimism stemming from positive trade talks between the US and China. Shares in Macy’s (+6%), Tiffany (+3.3%), J.C. Penney (+3.2%), Richemont (+7%), Kering (+5%) and Chow Tai Fook (+2.8%) all rose. Mining stocks did well, aside from Firestone (-23%), which fell following reports of a power outage at its Lesotho mine that could potentially affect production.


October 17, 2019 (11:09 GMT) October 10, 2019 (13:41 GMT) Chng.
Stock Indexes Chng.
BSE 39,052.06 37,880.40 1,171.66 3.1%
Dow Jones 27,001.98 26,346.01 655.97 2.5%
FTSE 7,202.51 7,177.96 24.55 0.3%
Hang Seng 26,848.49 25,707.93 1,140.56 4.4%
S&P 500 2,989.69 2,919.40 70.29 2.4%

USA
Birks Group $0.92 $0.91 $0.01 0.6%
JCPenney $1.02 $0.99 $0.03 3.2%
Macy's $15.78 $14.91 $0.87 5.8%
Signet $15.73 $16.40 -$0.67 -4.1%
Tiffany $91.40 $88.51 $2.89 3.3%
Walmart $119.42 $118.93 $0.49 0.4%

Far East
Chow Sang Sang (HKD) 8.52 8.51 0.01 0.1%
Chow Tai Fook (HKD) 6.58 6.40 0.18 2.8%
Luk Fook (HKD) 20.35 19.86 0.49 2.5%
Sarine (SGD) 0.24 0.24 0.00 0.0%

Europe
LVMH €379.45 €367.65 €11.80 3.2%
Kering €480.55 €457.00 €23.55 5.2%
Richemont €74.84 €70.26 CHF 4.58 6.5%
Swatch Group €268.80 €254.30 CHF 14.50 5.7%
Pandora DKK 271.20 DKK 270.50 €0.70 0.3%

INDIA (rupee)
PC Jeweller 32.30 30.85 1.45 4.7%
Titan 1,276.85 1,235.00 41.85 3.4%

AUSTRALIA
Michael Hill AUD 0.70 AUD 0.57 AUD 0.13 22.8%

MINING STOCKS
ALROSA RUB 74.00 RUB 72.84 RUB 1.16 1.6%
Lucapa Diamond AUD 0.15 AUD 0.16 -AUD 0.01 -6.5%
Lucara Diamond CAD 1.11 CAD 1.10 CAD 0.01 0.9%
Mountain Province CAD 1.36 CAD 1.22 CAD 0.14 11.5%
UK (pence)
Anglo American 1,906.60 1,910.00 -3.4 -0.2%
Firestone Diamonds 0.54 0.70 -0.2 -23.1%
Gem Diamonds 70.00 69.14 0.9 1.2%
Petra Diamonds 7.76 7.55 0.2 2.8%
Rio Tinto plc 3,976.00 4,090.00 -114.0 -2.8%
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Rapaport Diamond Industry Stock Tracker
Retail & Mining Shares
Oct 24, 2019 10:58 AM

Hong Kong retail stocks continued to rebound amid optimism about US-China trade talks. Chow Sang Sang (+7%), Chow Tai Fook (+5%) and Luk Fook (+2%) all rose. European stocks, including Kering (-1%), LVMH (-1%) and Richemont (-1%), dipped slightly as the imminent Brexit deadline approached, while Pandora (+24%) bucked the trend following its upgrade by Carnegie Investment Bank. Mining companies once again struggled in the weak rough market. Alrosa (-4%), Mountain Province (-4%) and Petra (-9%) all fell after reporting disappointing results, with Lucapa (-7%) and Gem Diamonds (-6%) also losing ground.


October 24, 2019 (1:30 GMT)
October 17, 2019 (11:09 GMT)
Chng.

Stock Indexes



Chng.
BSE
39,020.39
39,052.06
-31.67
-0.1%
Dow Jones
26,833.95
27,001.98
-168.03
-0.6%
FTSE
7,326.17
7,202.51
123.66
1.7%
Hang Seng
26,797.95
26,848.49
-50.54
-0.2%
S&P 500
3,004.52
2,989.69
14.83
0.5%





USA




Birks Group
$0.94
$0.92
$0.02
2.2%
JCPenney
$1.06
$1.02
$0.04
3.9%
Macy's
$15.67
$15.78
-$0.11
-0.7%
Signet
$15.95
$15.73
$0.22
1.4%
Tiffany
$92.43
$91.40
$1.03
1.1%
Walmart
$119.35
$119.42
-$0.07
-0.1%





Far East




Chow Sang Sang (HKD)
9.11
8.52
0.59
6.9%
Chow Tai Fook (HKD)
6.91
6.58
0.33
5.0%
Luk Fook (HKD)
20.70
20.35
0.35
1.7%
Sarine (SGD)
0.25
0.24
0.01
4.2%





Europe




LVMH
€376.10
€379.45
-€3.35
-0.9%
Kering
€475.95
€480.55
-€4.60
-1.0%
Richemont
€74.04
€74.84
-CHF 0.80
-1.1%
Swatch Group
€266.80
€268.80
-CHF 2.00
-0.7%
Pandora
DKK 336.40
DKK 271.20
€65.20
24.0%





INDIA (rupee)




PC Jeweller
34.40
32.30
2.10
6.5%
Titan
1,374.30
1,276.85
97.45
7.6%





AUSTRALIA




Michael Hill
AUD 0.69
AUD 0.70
-AUD 0.01
-1.4%





MINING STOCKS




ALROSA
RUB 71.20
RUB 74.00
-RUB 2.80
-3.8%
Lucapa Diamond
AUD 0.14
AUD 0.15
-AUD 0.01
-6.9%
Lucara Diamond
CAD 1.11
CAD 1.11
CAD 0.00
0.0%
Mountain Province
CAD 1.30
CAD 1.36
-CAD 0.06
-4.4%
UK (pence)




Anglo American
1,991.40
1,906.60
84.8
4.4%
Firestone Diamonds
0.60
0.54
0.1
11.6%
Gem Diamonds
65.60
70.00
-4.4
-6.3%
Petra Diamonds
7.07
7.76
-0.7
-9.0%
Rio Tinto plc
4,081.00
3,976.00
105.0
2.6%
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Oct 31, 2019 11:03 AM

Polished trading improving as jewelers prepare holiday inventory. US demand supporting the market. China cautious due to trade war and Hong Kong unrest. Luk Fook 2Q same-store sales -37%. Indian dealers and manufacturers on Diwali vacation. Specific demand creating high inventory of less popular qualities. De Beers 2018 global market estimate finds rough sales +3% to $16.9B, production volume -3% to 154M cts. and value +2% to $17.4B, polished demand +2% to $25.3B, diamond-jewelry demand +2% to $76B. Insight Report outlines changing attitudes toward love and their impact on the industry. LVMH makes $14.5B offer to acquire Tiffany & Co.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. High-end collection goods weak as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Some brands with requests for high qualities are paying a premium for rare items and very well-made fancies. Pears and Ovals are the strongest shapes. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well in 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell even at very deep discounts.

United States: New York Diamond Dealers Club busy during Israel Diamond Week. Buyers looking for profitable goods that are liquid. Dealers holding large volume of less popular diamonds. Steady demand for 1 ct., G-J, VS2-I1 stones. Jewelry retailers starting to implement holiday sales strategies.

Belgium: Sentiment cautious amid dealer concerns about state of the industry and global economic developments. Consistent demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-H, SI2, GIA-certified diamonds. Pears and ovals are strongest fancy shapes. Other categories weak. Fewer rough goods available than usual. Suppliers careful to give credit due to tight manufacturer liquidity.

Israel: Positive activity in the bourse as suppliers focus on filling US holiday orders. Foreign buyers looking for goods in Ramat Gan while Indian dealers are on vacation. Chinese demand slow. Improved market for 0.30 to 0.49 ct., D-G, IF-VS2. Shortages in nonfluorescent RapSpec A3+, SI diamonds due to reduced manufacturing.

India: Market quiet with businesses closed for Diwali break, which began October 27. Mumbai supply offices expected to remain shut for two weeks. Surat factories closed until late November. Some smaller units extending vacation due to weak market conditions.

Hong Kong: Dealer trading sluggish as ongoing protests and trade-war uncertainty affecting business. Some confidence in engagement-ring category, with steady demand for 1 ct., D-H, VS-SI, VG+ stones. Retailers under pressure due to political climate and seeing steep declines in Hong Kong sales. Jewelers discounting heavily to boost turnover, but very few tourist shoppers around to take advantage.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Nov 7, 2019 11:03 AM

Sentiment improving after De Beers reduced rough prices 5%-7% at Nov. sight. Better demand for RapSpec A3+ polished, driven by US holiday orders. Chinese demand and reduced supply supporting 0.30 to 0.50 ct. D-G, IF-VS categories. Potential US-China trade deal boosts expectations for Chinese New Year. 1 ct. RAPI -0.1% in Oct.; 0.30 ct. RAPI +1.5%. Surat manufacturers on Diwali vacation and expected to maintain cautious production. Gem Diamonds sees pressure on large high-end rough, as Letšeng 3Q average price -23% to $1,417/ct. Hong Kong 3Q net polished imports -22% to $1.1B. Peter Meeus and IGI submit competing bids to acquire HRD Antwerp.

Fancies: Fancy shapes soft, reflecting slowdown in overall demand. High-end collection goods weak as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Some brands with requests for high qualities paying a premium for rare items and very well-made fancies. Pears and Ovals are the strongest shapes. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well in 1.50 and 2 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes at better prices. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell even at very deep discounts.

United States: Steady trading, but wholesale business is weaker than last year’s holiday season. Jewelers looking for memo and not committing to buy. Good demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-H, VS2-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Branded estate jewelry selling well. High-end large diamonds slow, with 5 ct., IF-VVS, D-F category soft. Retailers starting holiday marketing campaigns.

Belgium: Activity picked up in November, with buyers interested in broader range of diamonds.Dealers with the right 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-G, VS-SI goods selling at firmer prices. Shortage of 2 to 4 ct. nice piqu&egrave; stones. Ovals and pears doing well in 1 to 1.5 ct. range. Fancy yellow diamonds also improving. Rough market improves after De Beers price cuts.

Israel: Dealers gaining confidence amid rise in US orders. More overseas buyers in the bourse. Far East demand still cautious despite upturn in 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-G, IF-VS2, RapSpec A3+ goods. Demand centered on top-quality F-J, SI1-I1 A3+ stones. Ovals, 1.50 to 2.99 ct., VS2-SI2 also selling well.

India: Mumbai market still not fully operational as dealers return from Diwali vacation. Surat factories closed for another week or two.Dealers focused on filling US orders and select demand from China. Shortage of top-quality SIs due to reduced manufacturing. Cutters hoping for better profit margins after Diwali break following De Beers rough price cuts.

Hong Kong: Protests continue to impact business for diamond dealers and jewelry retailers. Rising expectations over potential US-China trade deal, as dispute has significantly affected sentiment in HK/China. Jewelers preparing online inventory for 11/11 Single’s Day sales. Steady demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-G, VS-SI goods. Other sizes seeing shift to lower colors. Consumers tightening budgets for Jan. 25 Chinese New Year season.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Nov 21, 2019 11:03

Market sentiment improves as focus shifts to retail ahead of Thanksgiving weekend. Jewelers preparing Black Friday promotions, with strong emphasis on e-commerce. Department stores and mall-based retailers offering heavy online discounts to entice customers. A lot of diamonds out on memo. Dealers maintaining firm prices for RapSpec A3+ diamonds, with positive trend in dossiers as reduced manufacturing has led to scarcity of better qualities. Cutters raising polished production in anticipation of post-holiday demand, but rough supply limited. Belgium Oct. rough imports -30% to $529M. Petra Diamonds sells 20.08 ct. blue rough for $14.9M ($741,000/ct.).

Fancies: Some improvement in 1 ct. and larger, G-H, VS-SI fancy shapes. Pears and Ovals are the strongest shapes. High-end collection goods weak as dealers and consumers shift to lower price points. Ovals for fashion jewelry moving well in 1.50 and 2.99 ct., G-H, VS and H-K, SI2. Large Emeralds steady. Marquises and Princesses weak despite reduced manufacturing. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies under 1 ct. Chinese consumers seeking fancy shapes since prices are lower than rounds. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell even at very deep discounts.

United States: Wholesale market stable. Dealers waiting for feedback from retailers about large quantity of goods out on memo. Steady demand for 0.90 to 1.50 ct., G-J, VS2-I1 diamonds for engagement rings. Jewelers more focused on selling than buying. Emphasis on improving e-commerce and omni-channel platforms.

Belgium: Busy activity in Diamantkring during Antwerp Rough Diamond Days, with Martin Rapaport presenting “Future of the Diamond Industry.” Lack of goods limiting transactions after 3Q market slump. Polished trading better than expected, with a lot of Israeli buyers looking for goods. Stable holiday demand for 1 to 2 ct., G-J, VS-SI diamonds. Large stones above 4 ct. slow.

Israel: Positive sentiment, with buyers looking for specific RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Suppliers concentrating on 1 ct., G-J, VS2-I1 stones for the US market. Dealers willing to compromise on profitability, preferring goods that are easy to sell quickly. Ovals and pears doing well in 1.50 to 2.99 ct. sizes. Good movement of fancy yellow diamonds above 3 ct.

India: Surat manufacturing back to normal as most workers have returned after Diwali break. Steady rough demand as factories raise polished production. Shortages in select RapSpec A3+ diamonds with no fluorescence. Overseas buyers, mainly from Israel and China, looking for SI to I1 goods, with some improvement in 0.30 to 0.50 ct., G-J, VS-SI stones. Local jewelry market relatively slow as wedding season begins.

Hong Kong: Diamond wholesale and jewelry retail markets extremely quiet as political protests have escalated. Many businesses closed or offering flexible work hours for staff. China retail picking up ahead of Chinese New Year on January 25. Improved demand for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., F-J, VS-SI diamonds. E-commerce offering strong growth opportunities. Uncertainty over trade war persists.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Dec 19, 2019 9:58 AM

Positive sentiment in final week before Christmas. Retail emphasis on omni-channel and improving in-store shopping experience. Brands using pop-up stores to boost customer interaction, test innovations and showcase new products. Strong online sales. Chinese demand driving polished market ahead of Jan. 25 lunar festival as US and China edge toward trade deal. Alrosa positions itself in China with WeChat blockchain program and unveils plan to integrate Kristall polishing units. Rough market stable following $425M Dec. sight. De Beers issues guidelines for sightholders selling synthetics. Rapaport wishes everyone a successful holiday season.

Fancies: Ovals are strongest shape, driven by US fashion jewelry demand. Larger emeralds above 2.50 ct., D-G, VVS2-VS1 also selling well. Pears slightly slower due to sluggish Hong Kong market. Princess and marquise continue to struggle. Fancies with classic and long ratios trending in fashion segment. Shortage of top-make fancies 1.50 ct. and larger in all categories except D color. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Jewelers busy before Christmas. Strong tourist traffic in New York diamond district. Fifth Avenue jewelers pushing branded bridal during peak shopping period. Stable demand for 1 ct., G-H, VS-SI goods. Holiday season success still unclear as dealers wait for feedback on memo sales.

Belgium: Positive sentiment as activity slows before Christmas and New Year. Indian dealers looking for goods in Antwerp before bourses close for holiday break (Dec. 23 to Jan. 6). Steady orders for 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-G, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Big stones still weak. Rough market stable, with more goods available after Dec. De Beers sight.

Israel: Trading quiet, with a lot of diamonds sent to the US on memo. Some Chinese New Year demand, but Far East buyers pushing for deeper discounts. Momentum slowing for 0.30 to 0.50 ct. sizes though prices remain firm. Good demand for 2 to 5 ct., D-J, I1 stones. Concern about tightening profit margins for large stones.

India: Activity down since US and European buyers completed their orders for the season. Focus now on China for Jan. 25 Lunar New Year. Caution still surrounds Hong Kong market. Manufacturers raising production but careful not to build up too much inventory. Shortages supporting prices, as new polished has not yet come to market in large quantities.

Hong Kong: Local dealer market improving ahead of Chinese New Year. Trading expected to expand in the coming month before the festival. Luxury retail sluggish amid reports of 56% drop in Nov. tourist arrivals year on year. Stable demand from mainland China as jewelers there maintain positive outlook. 0.50 to 0.70 ct., D-I, VS-SI moving well.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Dec 26, 2019 10:58 AM By Rapaport News

Good momentum as Mastercard reports holiday jewelry sales +1.8%, driven by +8.8% growth in e-commerce. General retail +3.4%. Mall traffic down but more people buying. Stores focused on creating unique customer experience. Tiffany & Co. holiday revenue up 1% to 3%, with strength in China and improvement in Europe and America. Polished trading slow as dealers close for Christmas-New Year. Diamantaires preparing for post-season demand, but manufacturers cautious about raising factory production. Lower rough supply, tech-driven efficiency and ethical sourcing to shape diamond industry in next decade. Rapaport wishes everyone a happy, healthy, ‎prosperous and peaceful New Year.‎

Fancies: Ovals are strongest shape, driven by US fashion jewelry demand. Larger emeralds above 2.50 ct., D-G, VVS2-VS2 also selling well. Pears slightly slower due to sluggish Hong Kong market. Princess and marquise continue to struggle. Fancies with classic and long ratios trending in fashion segment. Shortage of top-make fancies 1.50 ct. and larger in all categories except D color. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Polished trading quiet as wholesalers and dealers take vacation between Christmas and New Year. Retail sentiment positive amid steady holiday shopping. Top-tier independents with strong social media programs doing well. Dealers’ expectations rising for January memo sales.

Belgium: Very little trading with bourses closed until Jan. 6. Some Antwerp-based Indian dealers looking for goods in Mumbai during the break.

Israel: Market in vacation mode during eight-day Hanukkah festival. Suppliers increasingly optimistic after relatively successful season. Dealers waiting for memo returns to assess inventory needs. Focus now on meeting Far East demand for Jan. 25 Chinese New Year and developing strategy for 2020.

India: Polished business slow. Fewer foreign buyers in the market. Some Chinese demand ahead of Lunar Festival. Local jewelers focused on gold products during wedding season. Rough sector seasonally quiet. Manufacturers cautiously raising polished production in anticipation of better orders in 1Q.

Hong Kong: Wholesale sluggish due to Christmas holiday. Some seasonal improvement in retail, but sales still significantly below previous years as protests continue. Tourist arrivals down. Jewelers preparing for Chinese New Year, with positive expectations for mainland.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jan 2, 2020 10:58 AM By Rapaport News

Happy New Year! Diamond market gaining confidence for 2020 after relatively good holiday season. Polished prices stable, supported by US and Chinese holiday demand. 1 ct. RAPI -0.2% in Dec. and -5.3% for full year. RAPI for 0.30 ct. +1.7% in Dec. due to China orders, amid positive outlook for Jan. 25 lunar festival. Hong Kong luxury weak as protesters start year with massive demonstration. Dealer trading quiet over holidays. Suppliers reduced inventory levels, but still holding large volume of less desirable goods. None-to-faint fluorescence selling well and in short supply. New decade presents opportunity to boost diamond-jewelry demand with significant investment in marketing.

Fancies: Ovals are strongest shape, driven by US fashion jewelry demand. Larger emeralds above 2.50 ct., D-G, VVS2-VS2 also selling well. Pears slightly slower due to sluggish Hong Kong market. Princess and Marquise continue to struggle. Fancies with classic and long ratios trending in fashion segment. Shortage of top-make fancies 1.50 ct. and larger in all categories except D color. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Seasonal lull in wholesale and retail activity over New Year. Conference Board reports consumer confidence slightly down in December. Stable demand for 1 ct., G-J, SI-I2 diamonds. Still a lot of goods out on memo. Dealers unsure how much new inventory retailers will require after Christmas.

Belgium: Diamond trading slow, with the bourses and most businesses closed for holidays until January 6.

Israel: Bourse relatively quiet as clients in US and Europe are on vacation. Memo houses waiting for feedback on holiday sales. Focus shifts to demand for the Chinese New Year. Suppliers maintaining firm prices when filling orders for specific goods. Very little rough trading going on.

India: Polished market quiet with very few foreign buyers in Mumbai over the New Year holiday. Manufacturers raised production since Diwali but continue to operate below capacity. Rough demand improving amid shortage of better-quality (RapSpec A3+) goods and in anticipation of first-quarter inventory replenishment. Local jewelry market limited by high gold prices.

Hong Kong: Market quiet, with many dealers on vacation over Christmas and New Year. Wholesale sentiment improving as jewelers prepare inventory for Chinese New Year on January 25. Good demand from mainland China and positive expectations for the season there. Hong Kong retail sentiment weak amid 56% decline in tourist arrivals in November as protests continue.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jan 9, 2020 10:58 AM

Diamond trading seasonally quiet, but diamantaires in positive mood as they return from New Year break. Dealers waiting for memo sale results to assess holiday season. Concern that US economic growth will slow in 2020 election year. Optimism for mainland China during Jan. 25 lunar festival. Hong Kong retail sluggish. Manufacturers cautious about raising factory production, despite expected 1Q inventory replenishment. Polished prices stable, with improvement in 0.30 to 0.50 ct., D-H, IF-VS diamonds due to Chinese holiday demand and shortages of RapSpec A3+ goods. Prices and demand weak for 3 ct. and larger, F+, VVS+ diamonds. Rapaport hosts trade mission to Surat, India.

Fancies: Ovals are strongest shape, driven by US fashion jewelry demand. Larger Emeralds above 2.50 ct., D-G, VVS2-VS2 also selling well. Pears slightly slower due to sluggish Hong Kong market. Princess and Marquise continue to struggle. Fancies with classic and long ratios trending in fashion segment. Shortage of top-make fancies 1.50 ct. and larger in all categories except D color. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and hard to sell, even at very deep discounts.

United States: Wholesalers reviewing first-quarter inventory requirements. Uncertainty about market direction in 2020. Selective demand for large, old mined diamonds at Miami Beach Antique Show. Estate jewelry sector optimistic. Retailers focused on engagement-ring promotions ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Belgium: Dealer sentiment positive after difficult 2019. Concern about lab-grown impact on small natural stones is increasing as more diamond manufacturers enter the synthetics space. Polished suppliers holding prices firm, especially for nice-make, RapSpec A3+ goods. Rough market stable, with activity expected to pick up during next week’s Alrosa Alliance sale.

Israel: Polished trading steady. Dealers relatively satisfied with holiday season but still waiting for memo returns. Focus on Chinese New Year orders. Solid demand for 0.30 to 0.60 ct., D-H, VS-SI goods. 1.50 ct., F-J, SI2-I1 also selling well. Fancy shapes improving. Manufacturers anticipate robust rough market during Alrosa and De Beers Jan. sales.

India: Jewelry wholesalers cautious due to high gold price and volatile rupee-dollar exchange rate. Diamond trading centered on filling last-minute orders for Chinese New Year. Good demand for 0.30 to 0.60, D-G, I1+ stones. Diamantaires expect upturn in coming weeks as US dealers return for post-holiday trading. Manufacturers maintaining stable polished production below capacity.

Hong Kong: Slight improvement as dealers cater to Chinese New Year demand. Inventory levels down from six months ago. Shortages and steady orders supporting prices for goods below 1 ct. in D-G, VS-SI, RapSpec A3+. Local retail still weak. Optimism for Chinese New Year sales in mainland China.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jan 16, 2020 10:58 AM

Polished trading stable with selective demand. Dealers focused on filling US orders as jewelers begin post-holiday inventory replacement. Mixed results from the season, with record e-commerce sales driving growth. Signet Jewelers Nov.-Dec. revenue -1% to $1.8B. Rising expectations for Jan. 25 Chinese New Year as US and China sign trade deal. Chow Tai Fook 3Q China sales +17%, Hong Kong -38%. China wholesale slowing ahead of vacation period. Concerns about oversupply amid expectations for large Alrosa and De Beers sights. India 4Q rough imports +5% to $3.8B, polished exports -16% to $4.4B. Lucara collaborates with HB Company and Louis Vuitton to polish 1,758 ct. Sewelô diamond.

Fancies: Ovals are strongest shape, driven by US fashion jewelry demand. Emeralds above 2.50 ct., D-G, VVS2-VS2 also selling well. Pears slightly slower due to sluggish Hong Kong market. Princess and Marquise continue to struggle. Well-shaped and fine-cut fancies have become a profitable niche with good demand and strong prices, especially Ovals, Emeralds and Pears. Fancies with classic and long ratios trending in fashion segment. Shortage of top-make fancies 1.50 ct. and larger in all categories except D color. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Dealer markets cautious. Buyers remain price-sensitive and selective. Stable demand for 1.50 ct., G-H, VS-SI diamonds. Jewelers assessing their inventory requirements and continuing to focus on memo supply. Steady interest in engagement rings as Valentine’s Day promotions begin.

Belgium: Traders more optimistic than before the New Year break. Solid demand for 0.30 to 0.70 ct., D-F, VS-SI diamonds. Good US orders for 1 ct., G-K, SI stones. Fancy shapes slower than expected for this time of year, with interest in ovals. Rough trading steady during Alrosa sale.

Israel: Market stable and dealers gaining confidence. Large volume of less desirable goods available. Diamantaires struggling to differentiate between non- and faint fluorescence despite price gaps. Rising concern that influx of new polished will recreate oversupply and put pressure on prices. Large stones remain weak.

India: Polished trading quiet due to holidays in China and India. Demand from local dealers for dossiers under 1 ct. Fewer overseas buyers than usual for this time of year. Rough buying improving but manufacturers still cautious about raising factory production. Jewelry sales slow due to high rupee gold price.

Hong Kong: Wholesale market quiet as businesses close for Chinese New Year. Focus shifting to retail ahead of the festival. Rising expectations for sales in mainland as US and China reach trade agreement. Hong Kong luxury sluggish. Larger jewelry chains focused on China expansion and reducing Hong Kong presence, with Chow Tai Fook planning to close up to 15 stores in the municipality.
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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Jan 23, 2020 10:58 AM

Polished sentiment positive following steady holiday sales. Strong interest in 0.30 ct., D-F, IF-VS1, but high-end 3 ct. and larger weak. Increasing rough demand raising polished-oversupply concerns as large quantities expected to enter market in coming weeks. De Beers lifts prices in some categories at Jan. sight and plans changes to rough buying criteria. De Beers 2019 sales -8% to 31M cts. Alrosa 2019 revenue $3.3B (-26%), sales volume 33.4M cts. (-12%). Far East dealer market slow ahead of Lunar New Year. Luk Fook to shut some Hong Kong stores as spending shifts to China. Richemont 3Q jewelry sales +9% to $2.4B. GIA halts sealing service following tampering.

Fancies: Ovals are strongest shape, driven by US fashion jewelry demand. Emeralds above 2.50 ct., D-G, VVS2-VS2 also selling well. Pears slightly slower due to sluggish Hong Kong market. Princess and Marquise continue to struggle. Well-shaped and fine-cut fancies have become a profitable niche with good demand and strong prices, especially Ovals, Emeralds and Pears. Fancies with classic and long ratios trending in fashion segment. Shortage of top-make fancies 1.50 ct. and larger in all categories except D color. US sustaining market for commercial-quality, medium-priced fancies. Off-make, poorly cut fancies illiquid and difficult to sell.

United States: Dealers optimistic for 2020 after positive holiday season for high-end brands focused on design. National Retail Federation reports 4.1% rise in total November-December sales amid strong employment data and personal wealth. Slight lull in trade as retailers handle consumers’ January returns. Select categories showing shortages while concerns grow about oversupply of weaker items. Focus shifts to Valentine’s Day as jewelers start placing orders.

Belgium: Start of year better than expected due to steady US demand. Strong appetite for 0.30 to 0.60 ct., D-I, VS-SI2, certified goods. Fancy shapes moving well, but fancy colors slowing. Dealers nervous about Far East market amid continuing Hong Kong protests. Rough trade preparing for changes to De Beers sightholder system that will see it embrace more subjective methods for determining clients’ allocations of goods.

Israel: Market focused on post-holiday restocking. Peak 2019 selling season flat compared with 2018. Rising interest in round, 0.30 to 0.40 ct., D-F, IF-VS1, RapSpec A3+ diamonds. Steady orders for 0.70 to 1 ct. polished. Large high-end stones weak.

India: Polished slower than usual for this time of year. Dealers worried about repeat of 2019 diamond glut as they anticipate influx of rough following large De Beers and Alrosa January sales. Chinese New Year offering some optimism for suppliers. Local Indian jewelry market weak amid tight liquidity and high gold prices.

Hong Kong: Trading quiet as businesses close for Chinese New Year. Focus after the festival will be on March Hong Kong show, with expectations high amid solid retail demand from mainland. Local jewelry market still slow due to protests and weak tourism industry. Chow Tai Fook and Luk Fook planning to reduce their store networks in affected areas.
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